Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University (OSU). She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from OSU and earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on the intersection between motivation and identity of undergraduate and graduate students, first-year engineering programs, mixed methods research, and innovative approaches to teaching. She leads the RIME Collaborative and Toy Adaptation Program at OSU.
Dr. M. Jean Mohammadi-Aragh is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University. Dr. Mohammadi-Aragh investigates the use of digital systems to measure and support engineering education. Current projects include leveraging writing to support programming skill development, using 3D weather visualizations to develop computational thinking skills for K-12 students, and exploring how instructors impact attention in large, computer-infused lectures. Dr. Mohammadi-Aragh also investigates fundamental questions about community, identity, messaging, and diversity, which are all critical to improving undergraduate engineering degree pathways.
Abigail Clark is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Miami University. She earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern. University. Her research interests include engineering identity development in K12 students, engineering education in informal settings, and women’s experiences in the engineering field. Prior to her time at Ohio State, Abigail worked as a researcher at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH.
Soundouss Sassi is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Education at Mississippi State University. Her advisor is Dr. Jean Mohammadi Aragh. In 2016 she earned a Master in Aerospace Engineering from the same university. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering from the International University of Rabat (UIR)
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